The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript tour diary of W.G. Archer, S.D.O. Mokokchung 1947

caption: Y posts
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Mongsenyimti
date: 6.2.1947-7.2.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: Many houses have Y posts in front of them, one for every mithan sacrificed. When you have given three such sacrifices you can erect a carved pillar. A house quite near the bungalow has one, but the figure consists only of a mithan head and of a springing plant-like form.
text: No one could say what this form is meant to represent. 'It is like the chang head-takers tattoo. It is there for beauty'. But beyond that, no one could say.